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Phone-hacking trial reports w/c Jan 13 2014

Published January 2014.

January 13 2014
Less than a quarter of an hour after Rebekah Brooks was arrested in July 2011, her husband, Charlie, was recorded by CCTV as he allegedly disposed of a Jiffy bag and a lap-top computer in the car park under their London flat.
The jury in the phone-hacking trial yesterday were played two short tapes [...]

Phone-hacking trial reports w/c Jan 6 2014

Published January 2014.

(Date at the top of each report is the date of the hearing. They were written for following day’s paper. Hence use of ‘yesterday’ in some of them.)
January 7 2014
Police challenged Rebekah Brooks’s personal assistant with ‘discrepancies’ over her account of how seven boxes of notebooks came to disappear from News International, warning her at [...]

Phone-hacking trial reports Nov/Dec 2013

Published December 2013.

This is a complete set of court reports filed to the Guardian from the opening of the phone-hacking trial, on October 30 2013, to the Christmas break. The date at the top of each story is the date of the hearing, although the reports were written to be published on the following day. Hence the [...]

Murdoch meets his match

Published May 2012.

Published by the Guardian
April 27 2012
Rupert Murdoch is in trouble. In two days as a witness at the Leveson inquiry, he has blocked and blasted, smeared and smiled and, at the end of it, this most powerful of men still has his ankle caught in the snare of scandal. He is vulnerable.
This is a man [...]

The holes in Murdoch’s denials

Published May 2012.

Published by the Guardian
April 26 2012
At one point in his evidence yesterday, when he was trying to explain how he dealt with politicians, Rupert Murdoch volunteered: “I’m not good at holding my tongue.” It must drive his advisers crazy.
The plan clearly was for Castle Murdoch to be defended with well-constructed walls of obdurate denial, reinforced [...]

Questions Rupert Murdoch should answer

Published May 2012.

Published by the Guardian
April 25 2012
All of the questions are directed to testing key allegations. References to the activities of Rupert Murdoch should be taken to cover those acting on his behalf.
1. Allegation: that Rupert Murdoch attempted to influence the government’s decision on whether to approve NewsCorp’s bid to take over all of BSkyB.
Although [...]

Hacking scandal reaches for the heart of government

Published May 2012.

Published by the Guardian
April 25 2012
Now we come to the dark heart of this strange affair.
Critics of the Murdochs often have suspected that they have exploited their position as newspaper owners to win secret favours from governments – and the Murdochs and the politicians alike have denied it. Now, for the first time, courtesy of [...]

Emails reveal how Murdoch’s man sought influence

Published May 2012.

Published by the Guardian
April 25 2012
Sometimes half a dozen confidential texts and emails a day would fly back and forth between the culture secretary’s Cockspur Street office just off Trafalgar Square and the News Corporation team promoting the takeover bid for BSkyB.
It was a remarkable level of apparent intimacy with Jeremy Hunt, the minister who [...]

Questions James Murdoch should answer

Published May 2012.

Published by the Guardian
April 24 2012
All of the questions are directed to testing key allegations. References to the activities of James Murdoch should be taken to cover those acting on his behalf.
1. Allegation: that the Sun’s decision to support the Conservatives at the 2010 election was traded for Tory support for the Murdochs on [...]

Sky admits its reporter hacked emails

Published May 2012.

Published by the Guardian
April 6 2012
with Dan Sabbagh and Robert Booth
Sky News has admitted one of its senior executives authorised a journalist to conduct email hacking on two occasions that it said were “in the public interest” – even though intercepting emails is a prima facie breach of the Computer Misuse Act, to which there [...]

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